Montana Outdoors

January 26, 2015

A January summer

Filed under: Winter — montucky @ 9:20 pm

A January summer

While winter storm Juno was descending on the northeast, today in western Montana we had a January summer.

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  1. When we drive through Montana, it’s the rivers and the rock formations that I notice most of all. I feel like getting out of the trailer and walking across the state so I can take pictures that I otherwise have to miss out on, except for glimpses in drive-by viewings. Such a beautiful state!

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    Comment by wordsfromanneli — January 26, 2015 @ 9:33 pm

    • We lived for thirty years in the Arizona desert, and so the rivers and lakes are extra special to us here too. And I’m a trout fisherman so I get a lot of exposure to water scenes and the beauty of water and forest combinations.

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      Comment by montucky — January 27, 2015 @ 10:23 am

  2. Wonderful, lovely area.

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    Comment by Boeta — January 26, 2015 @ 9:40 pm

  3. Whereabouts is this?

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    Comment by bubbasuess — January 26, 2015 @ 10:57 pm

    • That is the Clark Fork of the Columbia river near the little town of Plains, Montana, about 80 miles northwest of Missoula.

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      Comment by montucky — January 27, 2015 @ 10:25 am

  4. Reminds me of that TV series ‘Frontier House’ (?) set in Montana.

    Looks like a beautiful area in your photo, Terry. Looks like you’re having better weather than us at the moment.

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    Comment by Vicki — January 27, 2015 @ 4:18 am

    • I’ve never seen weather like this here this time of year. It should be at least 10 degrees colder and the valley should have snow.

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      Comment by montucky — January 27, 2015 @ 10:27 am

  5. Lovely S curves.

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    Comment by Dan Traun — January 27, 2015 @ 6:30 am

    • The river split in that area, one part went straight, the other wound around. The angle of the photo caught the curves.

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      Comment by montucky — January 27, 2015 @ 10:28 am

  6. Gorgeous….

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    Comment by seekraz — January 27, 2015 @ 7:24 am

  7. Shhhh, don’t tell anyone or 100000000000 New Yorkers will suddenly move to Montana. We don’t want that.

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    Comment by Malcolm R. Campbell — January 27, 2015 @ 8:07 am

    • If the weather was always this warm I’m sure there would be a big influx of folks. Fortunately it isn’t!

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      Comment by montucky — January 27, 2015 @ 10:30 am

  8. We’re getting snow here today. I think I’ve had enough winter and would rather be there, in that view.

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    Comment by New Hampshire Garden Solutions — January 27, 2015 @ 8:30 am

    • This is nice for a few days, but we really need the cold temperatures again and the snow that goes with them. Fortunately, the high country is still retaining a lot of snow.

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      Comment by montucky — January 27, 2015 @ 10:31 am

  9. Beautiful river, beautiful view, beautiful photograph, an odd year … 🙂

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    Comment by Teresa Evangeline — January 27, 2015 @ 9:18 am

    • Yes, it is very odd. Seems to be averaging about 10 degrees warmer than usual. The little pond in the lower right though is still frozen over though and the ground is frozen below the top couple of inches.

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      Comment by montucky — January 27, 2015 @ 10:33 am

  10. Go figure! We didn’t get socked in with a ton of snow, but we did get several inches and it is just beautiful.

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    Comment by Mama's Empty Nest — January 27, 2015 @ 9:39 am

    • I see this morning that the big storm was much less than expected, which is good. Here though, we would have welcomed the snow.

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      Comment by montucky — January 27, 2015 @ 10:34 am

  11. I think that if you asked me to describe heaven it would look a lot like this.

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    Comment by Charlie@Seattle Trekker — January 27, 2015 @ 10:12 am

    • While lots of people travel through that area, very few have ever seen that particular scene. Yesterday the light was just right when I was there and it made a pleasant scene with the sky turning the water so blue. Years ago I found that I could climb up into that cliffy area that is part of the National Forest and get some nice views and I visit once or twice a year. There is no trail other than wildlife trails there even though it is hardly what I would call remote.

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      Comment by montucky — January 27, 2015 @ 10:39 am

  12. How lovely! I wonder if you are due to get any more snow?

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    Comment by Jo Woolf — January 27, 2015 @ 1:13 pm

    • Oh yes, we get most of our snow in February through April in the high country. There should be lots more!

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      Comment by montucky — January 27, 2015 @ 9:14 pm

  13. that is such a gorgeous piece of river and wonderful photograph. you hardly have any snow! it is so odd, this weather. we are in the 40’s daily.

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    Comment by Tammie — January 27, 2015 @ 3:21 pm

    • We are regularly in the 40’s during the days now too. Very strange for January! There has been quite a bit of snow melt too below about 6000 feet.

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      Comment by montucky — January 27, 2015 @ 9:16 pm

  14. it would be great to see this same shot in summer when the land is green

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    Comment by Tammie — January 27, 2015 @ 3:21 pm

    • It would be pretty! But the sun angle would be entirely different. I’ll try to remember to take a look at it in April!

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      Comment by montucky — January 27, 2015 @ 9:17 pm

  15. This is one of the most unusual river views I’ve seen here. The blue is stunning. It looks like an unfurled ribbon of satin. And the trees around it are so straight. Actually, it looks a bit like a scene designed for a model railway — I can just see the little train chugging through there!

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    Comment by shoreacres — January 27, 2015 @ 8:08 pm

    • I’ve been up to that spot quite a few times and this was the first time the light was just right to make the river so blue. I’m glad that I saw it.
      Actually, there is a rail line that runs right through there. The positions of the cliffs and trees hide it in the photo.

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      Comment by montucky — January 27, 2015 @ 9:20 pm

  16. Hi Montucky, Enjoy your unseasonable warmth. Even here in FL, we are slightly cooler than usual and it is windy. Have a fine Wednesday tomorrow!

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    Comment by wildlifewatcher — January 27, 2015 @ 11:21 pm

    • Our afternoons have been very nice the last few days. You’re right, we should enjoy the warmth now because winter is far from over!

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      Comment by montucky — January 27, 2015 @ 11:42 pm

  17. Beautiful and so brilliant colors.

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    Comment by Sartenada — January 29, 2015 @ 12:41 am

    • It was lucky that I was there at the moment when the light was just right!

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      Comment by montucky — January 29, 2015 @ 10:34 am

  18. Looks like a pleasant day for a hike!

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    Comment by Ron Mangels — January 29, 2015 @ 12:53 pm

    • Very pleasant it was, Ron. Wish I could get up on those high trails though!

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      Comment by montucky — January 29, 2015 @ 9:17 pm

  19. That sure doesn’t look like winter at all! Beautiful, though.

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    Comment by Candace — January 31, 2015 @ 4:20 pm

    • No, it sure doesn’t. There should be a lot more snow in the picture this time of year. We will need a lot more snow to fall here in order to have a good summer!

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      Comment by montucky — January 31, 2015 @ 6:06 pm

  20. Wow, a superb photo montucky !

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    Comment by Jocelyne — February 3, 2015 @ 5:13 pm


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